Parents of the 21-year-old Fujian man who was robbed and killed in Deira, Dubai have gone on record to clear up misconceptions about their son, saying that he made only 3,500 yuan per month in wages and was definitely not a tuhao (a term used to described uncouth nouveau riche), as many had speculated.
Pictures taken on June 7 show the inconsolable mother of the victim, called Xiao He, crying as she spoke to reporters about her son. Since learning of his death, she’s refused to eat and has relied on IV drips for nutrients, according to NetEase News.
Xiao He was murdered in a Dubai Tower elevator on the afternoon of June 4. The suspect, who was detained by cops the next day, is a French citizen of Algerian origin who’d reportedly robbed the victim of 1.02 million emirati dirham (1.68 million yuan). He is currently being held at the Naif Police Station in Deira.
Xiao He’s mother described her son as a “family man” who made only 3,500 yuan a month while working in Dubai. With each paycheck, he set aside 1,000 yuan for himself and sent the rest home to his family.
Xiao He dropped out of school in junior high. He got a job in Dubai through some connections of his uncle and flew there with his cousin A Xiong last April. A Xiong, who’s now in China, said that they’d signed a two-year contract for a job that required them to collect payments every day and transfer them back to China.
A Xiong said he and his cousin never went out during their time in Dubai because they simply couldn’t afford it. He moved back to China after working the job for six months.
By Crystal Lau
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